How We Work
The DIZ is a highly innovative and inclusive digital partnership jointly owned and created by large and small organisations together investing many hundreds of millions of pounds per year in serving local residents and businesses. The DIZ is not a legal entity in its own right but is comprised of many statutory bodies. The means that while the DIZ applies for funding collectively, the delivery of its work and these programmes is via one of the partners acting as an accountable body.
The partnership is led by the DIZ Executive Board comprised of an elected member and lead officer from each of the funding local authorities. The board is led by our Chair, Cllr Alan Lion (Epping Forest DC) and Vice-chair, Cllr David Holliday (Broxbourne BC).
The DIZ Executive Board meets monthly.
The Executive Board identifies and pursues external funding opportunities, organises events eg. Smart Place Seminars and conferences, produces DIZ Matters, and evaluates the application locally of different digital approaches and technologies.
The DIZ Advisory Board is comprised of partners from across our place committed to the aims and objectives of the partnership and looking to work collaboratively to meet the digital challenge.
The Advisory Board meets monthly and looks at progress both strategically and on individual projects or workstreams that are being developed. (see Projects page)
The membership of the Board is continually evolving with new partners joining and is adopting a collegiate and open-door approach to organisations that are interested in becoming involved to support and shape the work of the DIZ.
Partners have asked that working digitally is not just about technology but also about adopting an agile approach to working.
The Board is often joined by organisations from across the region / outside the DIZ e.g. Chelmsford BC, Stevenage BC, WECAN, as well as numerous health, education and private sector organisations to explore opportunities for collaborative working.
(District / Borough)
Broxbourne Borough Council
Lead: Cllr David Holliday, Duncan Haslam
East Herts District Council
Lead: Cllr Vicki Glover-Ward, Ben Wood
Epping Forest District Council
Lead: Cllr Alan Lion, Melissa Kemp-Salt
Lead: Alison Fox
Uttlesford District Council
Lead: Cllr Neil Reeve, Sarah Lewin
Local Authorities (County)
Essex County Council
Lead: Cllr Lee Scott, Doug Parrant
Hertfordshire County Council
Lead: Cllr Bob Deering, Tony Gibbons
We work with partners from across the health landscape to explore the potential for digital to transform and underpin the future of healthcare. These include:
Herts + West Essex ICS
Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT)
Princess Alexandra Hospital
West Essex CCG
Out voluntary and community sector partners are critical experts in the delivery of frontline digital services to those residents most in need, including those experiencing digital exclusion.
CVS Broxbourne & East Herts
Lead: Ian Richardson
Lead: Clive Emmett, Ali Firth
Lead: Sharon Summerfield
Lead: Tim Hayward-Smith
Our partners from the private sector support the DIZ with access to real-world experience of digital applications and and understanding of key digital trends.
Lead: Donna Kelly, Stacey Van Bergen
Lead: Abby Fisher
UK Innovation Corridor (UKIC)
Lead: John McGill
Partners from education are able to highlight key digital research topics and areas for exploration as well as providing key expertise on emerging digital issues and opportunities.
Anglia Ruskin University
Leads: Fiona Bodle, David Rutt, Sarah Bell
Lead: Paul Whitehead
Herts Regional College
Lead: Katrina Dougherty
New City College – Epping Forest
Lead: Janet Smith, Phil Hall
Associates: The DIZ has also worked to develop its agenda and deliver its work programme with the support and assistance of other organisations including: Microsoft, KAO Data, Public Health England, Arup, BT, Virgin, Gigaclear, Easel TV, DCMS, Cambridge Wireless, Herts County Council, Vaden Solutions, Haileybury College, Chesterford Research Park. Whilst not partners to the DIZ the support and encouragement of bodies such as these is integral to the progress the DIZ has made to date and to its continuing efforts.